How Douglas MacKinnon Went from Abuse and Homelessness to a Writer for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush

Douglas MacKinnon has had a fascinating life and career. A writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, a former Pentagon official and an author and columnist, MacKinnon’s career has been robust and impactful — but it’s his faith journey that has perhaps been the most transformative and uplifting.  

MacKinnon, who wrote the Easter book The Forty Days: A Vision of Christ’s Lost Weeks, has a personal story of overcoming the odds that is quite powerful.

“Our parents were severe dysfunctional alcoholics,” he told “The Pure Flix Podcast” of his abusive upbringing. “They didn’t care about the three children they had.”

By the time MacKinnon was 17 years old he had been evicted from 34 homes, sometimes being booted out of three or four houses per year.

“We ended up homeless many, many times as children,” he said, noting that his family lived in cars, tents and parks.

Somehow, though, he overcame, found success and made his way to Washington, D.C. Listen to his phenomenal story below:

MacKinnon said that faith was a sustaining force early on in his life, recalling the importance of a plastic nativity that he saw in his school when he was just 5 years old.

“I became … enamored with this little plastic nativity scene,” he said. “I saw the little smiling [baby Jesus] face … smiling back at me and I have no explanation for it … I was instantly struck.”

Years later, MacKinnon’s love for his faith only intensified. In recent decades, he felt himself being called to write a story, with mysterious promptings urging him along the way.

“Once or twice a year in the middle of doing something I’d have this literal flash in my head for a second or two and it was always ‘The Forty Days — there’s a great story there. Tell it,’” he explained. “I’d ignore it.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post; Pureflix.com, Billy Hallowell